Are they ready to be pressed? Or are they escaping?
Leftovers from a press…stems and dried up skins…yum.
These are about ready.
Lots and lots of ready grapes.
O’Brien Winery makes some fine red wines. Try it sometime.
After all, what winery doesn’t need a chandelier? There is a story but the photo says it all.
Leaves are turning and grapes are hanging.
What airshow wouldn’t be complete without a Ferrari?
Strap yourself in and let’s go
Check out this airshow next year in Sacramento, California for an amazing display and performance of aircraft. This airplane, a KC-135, was flown here by a friend from the Iowa Air National Guard in Sioux City, Iowa.
The B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber
The Patriots L-39 Jet Team
The F-22 Raptor…who did amazing things you wouldn’t think an aircraft could do.
The USAF Thunderbirds Jet Demo Team
The F-22 Raptor, the F-86 Sabre and a P-51 Mustang in a Heritage Flight
Flying over us…
The Thunderbirds during their airshow.
If you’re not taking the ferry, and you want some tips for an easier flight…check these out.
Airlines update prices for their online tickets about every 15 minutes. This leaves you a very small window in which to get the best prices. Tuesdays and Thursdays are the best days of the week to buy tickets. Prices will be higher on Friday through Monday.
Make copies of all your important documents before going, from passports to credit cards to itinerary. Then leave copies at home with someone you can contact.
Remember to take all stickers or tags off your luggage from previous trips. This will lessen your bag going to Seattle when you really wanted it to end up with you in Sienna.
Check to see if your airline charges more for checked luggage at the ticket counter than if you checked it online. You can pay for your checked bag 24 hours in advance from home, usually a cheaper cost.
If you are headed to London, don’t miss the annual Mayor’s Thames Festival September 12 to 13. Food, dancing, music, fireworks, a night carnival and river pageant highlight this festival. Check it out at www.thamesfestival.org/weekend/highlights.
If Austria is your destination, head to the city of St. Johann for the Dumpling Festival September 19. A total of 22 different types of dumplings will be served and an estimated 20,000 eaten. Apparently the dough balls are made according to traditional recipes.
Go to www.ferienregion.at for more info.
Want some October festival in the US? Fredericksburg, Texas, will celebrate its German heritage this year with an Oktoberfest from October 2 to 4. The motto of this year’s festival, a little cousin to the famous beer bash in Munich, is “Plenty of Gemuetlichkeit”, a German word meaning “congeniality”, sort of.
New Braunfels, Texas, will hold its 49th Wurstfest from October 30 to November 8.
Check out www.oktoberbestinfbg.com or www.wurstfest.com.
Supposedly you can see from the Golden Gate to the High Sierra to the Central Valley from atop Mt. Diablo.
One of California’s Jays sits in the tree above. Can you spot him?
Geographers claim hikers can see more of the earth’s surface from the top of Mt. Diablo than from any other peak in the world with only one exception…Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Considering the relatively short height, 3,849 feet, you wonder why? The mountain rises solo and very abruptly from its surroundings. Combined with the fact that the land surrounding it, the San Francisco Bay and Central Valley, are nearly flat makes the far reaching panorama all the more impressive. Therefore, quite the lengthy view.
You climb over and through bizarre, wind sculpted rock formations along the way to the summit. This area is called Rock City.
The mountain is also different in that you climb over successively older and older rocks on the way to the summit, which is the exact opposite of the usual progression. The rocks that long ago formed an ancient sea bed have been tilted upside down and pushed up by hard red Franciscan rocks.
All in all…an impressive place with an amazing view. Today we could see San Francisco, the Golden Gate, the Central Valley and the High Sierras…depending which way we looked. It was almost too clear to get good photos!
Random shots up the hill in Sausalito
More boats and…